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2009-09-14 12:40:00

Conservationists say the first ever positive identification at sea of the Fijian petrel raised hopes for the survival of the world's most mysterious and endangered seabirds, AFP reported. The Fiji petrel virtually disappeared and has not been positively identified since the last specimen was documented in 1855. However, the first time the chocolate colored petrel had ever been positively identified on the water came during a successful 11-day expedition by scientists to the seas off the...

2007-12-11 09:04:16

A rare burrowing bird known as a Cook's petrel seems to have dug a real hole for itself: it lives on a small island crawling with hungry rats and cats. Although the pests eat both eggs and chicks, new research suggests that the old adage "my enemy's enemy is my friend" holds true for the petrel, native to New Zealand's Little Barrier Island. "What we found was that this little seabird did better when both cats and rats were on the island, rather than just rats," said Matt...


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Tristram’s Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma tristrami
2013-04-22 14:33:05

The Tristram’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) is a species of seabird in the family of storm-petrels called Hydrobatidae. The species’ specific and common name comes from the English clergyman Henry Baker Tristram, the species can also be known as the Sooty Storm-petrel. The Tristram’s Storm Petrel is distribution across the North Pacific Ocean; mainly in tropical seas. This storm-petrel has long angular wings and is 24 cm long. The plumage is dark all over with a slightly pale...

Black Petrel, Procellaria parkinsoni
2013-04-21 09:01:42

The Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni) is also called the Parkinson’s Petrel. It is a large, black petrel, the smallest of the Procellaria. This species is an endemic breeder of New Zealand, breeding only on islands off the North Island, on Great Barrier Island and Little Barrier Island. At sea it scatters as far as Australia and Ecuador. It’s a medium-sized, all black petrel except for pale sections on the bill. The wingspan is 110 cm on average. This bird is usually seen in the...

Elliot's Storm Petrel, Oceanites gracilis
2012-12-28 13:44:31

Elliot’s Storm Petrel is a species of seabird in the family of storm petrels called Hydrobatidae. It may also be known as the White-vented Storm-petrel. The only two subspecies are; O. g. gracilis which is found in the Humboltd Current off of Peru and Chile, and O. g. galapagoensis which is found in the waters near Galapagos Islands. Its coloring is sooty-black with a white rump. Its legs are long and extend beyond the body when in flight. The tail is square ended and black except for a...

Swinhoe's Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma monorhis
2012-12-10 12:17:48

Swinhoe’s Storm Petrel may also be known as Swinhoe’s Petrel. It is a small, all-brown seabird of the storm petrel family of Hydrobatidae. The breeding habitat is islands in the northwest Pacific off China, Japan, and Korea. When they nest, it’s usually in colonies close to the sea in rock crevices and lays a single white egg. They spend the rest of the year at sea, ranging into the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Being a small bird, they are only 18 to 21 centimeters in length, and...

Guadalupe Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma macrodactyla
2012-10-30 11:51:46

The Guadalupe Storm Petrel is an extinct species of the Hydrobatidae family. It was a small seabird, almost undistinguishable from its relative, Leach’s Storm Petrel. The only ways to tell them apart was their circannual rhythm and the fact that the Guadalupe Storm Petrel is larger in size and its paler under coverts. They bred only on Guadalupe Island off Baja, California. The breeding season was set between the local subspecies of Leach’s Storm Petrel, the winder breeding Oceanodroma...

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